Mahmood Khan

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Mahmood Khan
Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Assumed office
17 August 2018
Governor Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani (Acting)
Shah Farman
Preceded by Dost Muhammad Khan (caretaker)
Member of the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Assumed office
13 August 2018
Constituency PK-9 (Swat-VIII)
In office
29 May 2013 – 28 May 2018
Constituency Constituency PK-84 (Swat-V)
Personal details
Born (1972-10-30) 30 October 1972 (age 46)
Matta, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf

Mahmood Khan (Urdu: محمود خان‎) is a Pakistani politician who is the current Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in office since 17 August 2018. He has been a member of the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa since 13 August 2018.

Previously he was a Member of the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, from May 2013 to May 2018. During his first tenure as member of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, he served as Provincial Minister for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the provincial cabinet of Chief Minister Pervez Khattak between 2013 and 2018 with various portfolios.

Early life and education

He was born on 30 October 1972 in Matta, Swat.[1]

He received his early education from Government Primary School Matta and completed his high school education from Peshawar Public School and College.[2][3]

He has a degree of Master of Science (Hons) in Agriculture[4][5] which he obtained from the University of Peshawar.[3][6][7] According to some sources, he obtained his master's degree from the Agricultural University Peshawar.[8][2]

Political career

According to The Express Tribune and Dawn, Khan was elected as Union Council Nazim of Kharerai, Matta Tehsil in 2005.[4][5] According to another report by Dawn, he was elected to the same office in 2008[6] and according to another report by The Express Tribune, he served as Union Council Nazim of Kharerai from 2007 to 2012.[2]

Khan quit Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in 2012.[9][6]

He was elected to the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as a candidate of PTI from Constituency PK-84 Swat-V in Pakistani general election, 2013.[1][10][5] He received 11,071 votes and defeated a candidate of Awami National Party.[11] In June 2013, he was inducted into the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial cabinet of Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and was appointed as Provincial Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for Sports, Culture, Tourism and Museums.[12]

Khan made national news in April 2014, when a social activist Shakil Wahidullah filed a petition against him in the Peshawar High Court alleging him of corruption of Rs 1.8 million during his tenure as Provincial Minister for Sports, Culture, Tourism and Museums.[13] Following which an inquiry was conducted by the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to probe the matter. The inquiry officer noted that Khan had no role in the matter.[14] It was noted that Rs 1.8 million were transferred from the Directorate of Sports to Khan's personal bank account on his directive.[15] Khan had also acknowledged it but said it had happened due to misunderstanding,[16] While Khan was exonerated by the inquiry officer, saying the handling of financial affairs falls within the jurisdiction of the principal accounts officer and his staff.[13] He was removed from the cabinet and subsequently his ministerial portfolio was withdrawn[17] on the orders of Peshawar High Court,[18] along with suspension of three senior officers of the sports department.[19]

In July 2014, he was re-inducted into the provincial cabinet of Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and appointed as Provincial Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for Irrigation[20] where he continued to serve until October 2014.[17] In January 2016, he was appointed as Provincial Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for Home and Tribal Affairs in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial cabinet of Chief Minister Pervez Khattak.[21] In February 2016, his ministerial portfolio was changed from Home and Tribal Affairs to sports, culture, archaeology, museums and youth affairs[22] where he continued to serve until the dissolution of the provincial assembly[23] on 29 May 2018 upon the completion of the government's five year term.[24]

He was re-elected to the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as a candidate of PTI from Constituency PK-9 (Swat-VIII) in Pakistani general election, 2018.[25] He received 25,630 votes and defeated Muhammad Ayub Khan, a candidate of Awami National Party (ANP).[26] PTI acquired a two-third majority during the general election in the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.[27] Following Khan's successful election, Pervez Khattak recommended his name for the office of the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In August 2018, PTI formally nominated him for the same office.[28] Reportedly, Imran Khan preferred to select Atif Khan for the office of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Ministership[29][4][30] however had to select Khan due to the strong reservations by Pervez Khattak over the latter's selection.[4][18] It was noted that his appointment as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister was political and not on merit, and that a tussle between Atif Khan and Pervez Khattak paved his way to become PTI candidate for the slot of Chief Minister.[29] Khan became the first person from Malakand Division to be nominated for the position of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister.[29] It was noted Khan does not have good track record in politics and administration, and that his performance as provincial minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa remained average in the previous government.[31][29] Khan was dubbed as dummy Chief Minister of Pervez Khattak.[29] Khan denied the notion saying that he had not been “planted” by anyone.[32]

On 16 August 2018, he was elected Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He received 77 votes against his opponent Mian Nisar Gul who secured 33 votes.[33][34] The next day, he sworn in as Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.[7]

Cabinet

After assuming the office as the Chief Minister, Khan held consultation with Imran Khan[35] and formed an 11-member cabinet. The 11-member cabinet sworn in on 29 August 2018.[36] The second part of his cabinet, consisting of two advisors and two special assistants was sworn in on 13 September 2018[37] increasing the size of the cabinet to 15.[38]

Personal wealth

As of August 2018, Khan declared to own 89 kanals of agricultural land and 150 shops in Swat's Matta Bazaar worth Rs2.516 billion.[4]

References

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  2. ^ a b c Tong, Mui-fan (8 August 2018). "PTI chief nominates ex-sports minister Mehmood Khan for K-P CM post | The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b "KP CM issue: Khattak, Atif indulge in verbal duel, Mahmood leads race". Dunya News. 6 August 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e Ashfaq, Mohammad (9 August 2018). "Billionaire from Swat named KP chief minister". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "Posts of power: Provincial cabinet offers diverse blend - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Hayat, Arif (8 August 2018). "Imran Khan chooses Swat's Mahmood Khan as KP CM nominee". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Mehmood Khan to take oath as CM Khyber Pakhtunwa today - Daily Times". Daily Times. 17 August 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  8. ^ "PTI's Mehmood Khan becomes KP CM". Dunya News. 16 August 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
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  10. ^ Report, Dawn (13 May 2013). "PTI gets thumping victory in Swat valley". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  11. ^ "2013 election result" (PDF). ECP. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 February 2018. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Portfolios of KP ministers announced". www.pakistantoday.com.pk. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Corruption charges: Petition at high court seeks suspension of sports minister - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 18 April 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  14. ^ "CSecretary Sports exonerated of funds transfer charges". The News. February 8, 2015.
  15. ^ Report, Bureau (9 February 2015). "Ex-sports secretary exonerated of charges". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  16. ^ Ali, Zulfiqar (8 April 2014). "KP minister transfers discretionary funds to personal account". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  17. ^ a b "Heavy is the head: Filled after 41 years, home minister's post vacated - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 19 February 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Imran nominates Mehmood Khan for KP chief minister". Geo News. 8 August 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  19. ^ Report, Bureau (12 April 2014). "Three suspended for transferring funds to minister's account". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  20. ^ "Additional responsibilities: Education Minister Atif Khan assigned energy portfolio - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  21. ^ "Cabinet completed: Mehmood Khan takes helm of home, tribal affairs as minister - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 20 January 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  22. ^ Report, Bureau (19 February 2016). "Home minister shifted to sports, culture dept". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
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  25. ^ "Tehreek-e-Insaf wins all NA, PA seats from Swat". The Nation. 27 July 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
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  27. ^ "PTI eyes two-thirds majority in K-P Assembly". The Express Tribune. 27 July 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  28. ^ "PTI nominates Mahmood Khan as KP CM". www.pakistantoday.com.pk. 8 August 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  29. ^ a b c d e "A brand new". The News. 12 August 2018. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
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  32. ^ "PTI's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa CM nominee denies being 'planted' by anyone". DAWN.COM. 9 August 2018. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
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  34. ^ "PTI's Mehmood Khan elected KP CM". The News. 16 August 2018. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  35. ^ "11-member cabinet proposed by K-P CM | The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 20 August 2018. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  36. ^ Ashfaq, Mohammad (30 August 2018). "11-member cabinet sworn in". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  37. ^ "K-P cabinet expanded by two advisers, two special assistants | The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 13 September 2018. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  38. ^ "K-P cabinet expands: Four advisors, special assistants inducted | The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 14 September 2018. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
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